November 2nd 7-8:30pm: OUSD Strategic Plan Meeting Learn how the latest plan will impact District 1 and our Emerson School community. details below - RSVP for meeting link.

November 5th 6-8pm: Committee to Empower Excellence in Black Students' Education (CEEBSE)  Meeting ID: 831 1044 1487. This is an OUSD district level committee.

November 11th: No School for Veterans Day

November 11th - 14th: Mrs. Dalloway's School Fundraiser Shopping event for Emerson Families + Friends! details below.

November 12th 6-7:30pm: PTA Meeting . Zoom link and agenda TBA details below.

November 17th 5:30-6:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (SSC) details below.

November 23rd - 27th: No School for Thanksgiving Break 
Thank you to everyone who contributed during this year's October Month of Giving Campaign!!

Your contributions help ensure continuous programing this year while distance learning. Because we will not be at school in person, many of our on-campus fundraisers such as the Halloween Carnival,Walkathon, Cheetah Swag Sales, etc, will not happen this year due to Covid 19. October is the ONLY time the Fundraising Committee asks directly for money.  

Keep in mind, donations are accepted and appreciated all year, and can be made at anytime. Consider setting up a recurring donation online today!  Every dollar amount is significant and directly supports our students.
The Emerson PTA is a non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible. Our tax-ID number is: #90-1248617.
Donate to Emerson Online!

November is National Gratitude Month

Express gratitude with OUSD all month! 
Join the OUSD Most Improved Attendance Challenge

Welcome to National Gratitude Month! In November, our school will be sharing thought provoking quotes about gratitude while competing with the entire district for Most Improved Attendance. We hope to engage our community through reflection and gratitude. Please help us make Everyone & Every Day Count!

We want to take this opportunity to thank our families for your on-going support and for partnering with us during this especially challenging time. We are grateful for every one of you, every day in our school community.  Thank you for being part of it.  Click HERE for full initiative Poster.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous

District 1 Community Meeting - November 2nd 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Inform the Next Strategic Plan for Oakland Unified!
Please join Jody London, School Board Director for North Oakland,  to learn about a New Strategic Plan Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell is developing. The 2020-2023 Strategic Plan (tentative title: Thriving Students, Thriving Schools, Thriving Oakland) will focus on a narrow set of strategic actions for the next three years.  It is an opportunity to reimagine our work and to craft an Oakland community and school system that represents our highest hopes and dreams for ourselves and the generations to come.  Click HERE to RSVP.  Learn how these plans will impact our Emerson Community.

For more information CLICK HERE

Hello Emerson Families!
PTA Meeting: November 12th 6pm - 7:30pm

Please join us in Emerson Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting!
Learn how to be more involved with your child's distance-learning education. We will talk about volunteer opportunities, our annual budget, fundraising, and community building events!

All families are encouraged to join this meeting regardless of PTA membership.

ONLINE MEETING: Meeting Link + Agenda TBA
New Families - Join the PTA today!
Please click 
HERE to join the Emerson PTA online.

Returning Families - Renew your PTA Membership today!
Please click HERE to renew online.

Membership dues are $5 and must be renewed each school year.
School Site Council - November 17th 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Please join us for a School Site Council. We've been re-evaluating how we define and measure success at Emerson as a community.

We started with the kids -- teachers ran morning meetings focused on their ideas about when and how they feel successful. We're now layering on parent reactions, so please join us so we can hear your more about what you value! It will help us decide how to invest our Emerson budget.  

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Look for Zoom link and meeting agenda in the school Cheetah Check-In! this For questions or comments click to email Courtney, SSC President.
Take the OUSD Fall Family Survey

Please share your family's experience with distance learning and your thoughts about returning to in-person instruction.
Survey available in multiple languages and open through Nov. 12

Wednesday - Saturday, November 11th - 14th
Online Event. All Day + All Night! 4 Days!

A great way to shop and support our much-loved local businesses while giving back to your child's school!!

Emerson is participating in Mrs. Dalloway's school fundraiser for the 5th year! Please share the flyer (linked below) with your friends, family, and neighbors.

Two IMPORTANT reminders:

1. Only gift certificate purchases are included in the fundraiser this year. 

2. It is CRUCIAL to enter "Emerson-Oakland" in the Order Comments field, because that's the only way your purchase will be included in the final tally for the donation amount. And the OTHER Emerson Elementary -- the one in Berkeley -- is also participating, so we need to make it clear that we're supporting "Emerson-Oakland!" 

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Vetter, or send your questions for the bookstore directly to

Thank you for your support!

Mrs Dalloway's School Fundraiser Flyer
(send to your friends, family + neighbors!)
From Emerson Librarian Jen Vetter 
Message to Families!
In Class Read Aloud: If you are interested in reading in your child's class, Please reach out to Ms. Vetter. This is a wonderful way to connect with you child's classroom foster a dynamic learning environment!

Return Your Emerson Library books: Please return any Emerson library books you still have. You can drop them off at the school office during school hours. (There are 270 overdue books and 114 lost.) 

Family Reading Night: We are planning Family Reading Events — stay tuned for more details! If you are interested in helping, please reach out to Ms. Vetter 

Any questions? Emerson School Librarian Ms. Vetter is happy to help get you connected, provide book recommendations, and more!

The Oakland Public Library
Support Reading at Home!
Book Bundles Information  HERE.
A number of OPL locations that offer sidewalk pickup service have bundles of new books for check out. These bundles offer books selected by library staff for your enjoyment. Be sure to ask if your local library has new book bundles available.

Sidewalk Pickup Service Information HERE.
Sidewalk book pickup has been expanded with extended hours and more locations! In addition to Rockridge, the Temescal branch is now open!

Sign Up for a Free Library Card Online HERE.
Any member of your family can have their own library card, no matter how young, and then you can request materials online and pick them up when they're ready at the branch that's most convenient for you.

Oakland Library Reading and Learning Resources for Kids HERE.

If you need help accessing library materials, go to or call 510-238-3134.

Bundles of picture books (at Rockridge Library curbside pickup spot) about firefighters, bears, bicycles... early readers, graphic novels, the first few books in a popular series, new books just published this year...

Box Tops for Education has gone digital!

The new Box Tops mobile app will scan your store receipts, automatically find participating products and instantly increase our school's earnings online. No clipping required!
If you haven't already, download the Box Tops app and start earning money for the school. The process takes minutes!

Download the app HERE. []
Register your profile.
Connect to EMERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - School ID: 416066.
Scan your receipts after each shopping trip. 
And that's it!

The more of us who participate, the more money we'll earn. Make Box Tops part of your regular shopping routine.

Participating companies include General Mills, Cascadian Farms, Annie's Organic, Lysol, Paper Mate and more... even some office supplies!

Emerson Special Ed Families

We are a group of parents and caregivers with kids in Emerson’s special education classes who support each other, share information about child and parent resources, and advocate for our kids. If you have a child in the Verbal Behavior or Inclusion classes, we’d love to connect with you!

Please click to email Darcie or Peggy to find out more.

"My message to everyone in the District community is Please Vote! We all need to exercise our constitutional right to participate in the democratic process." - Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, OUSD Superintendent.

Click HERE  to read her full letter to the OUSD Community.

Polling Locations Open at Ten District-Run Schools and One Charter School in OUSD on Halloween, and Will Open Daily Through November 3rd!

Click HERE to learn more!

It's Time to put schools and communities first by voting
YES on PROP 15!!

While the wealthiest corporations avoid paying their fair share, our schools have the most crowded classrooms in the nation and our local communities are struggling to respond to the impact of COVID.

Just 10% of California’s most expensive nonresidential commercial properties account for 92% of Prop 15’s loophole-closing revenues.

Prop 15 will reclaim billions of dollars every year for our schools, community colleges, and essential local services in EVERY county!

This ballot measure is supported by the California PTA and the Oakland Teachers Union. 

Supporting Emerson Families in Need

If your family is in a position to support Emerson families in need, please consider making a donation below. Currently we are prioritizing support to families that are homeless, are newcomers (and not eligible for unemployment, or stimulus checks), and/or families that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.  

Click HERE to Make a Donation - To Support Emerson Families in Need.

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New Families - Join the PTA today!
Please click HERE to join the Emerson PTA online.

Returning Families - Renew your PTA Membership today!
Please click HERE to renew online.

Membership dues are $5 and must be renewed each school year.

Next PTA Meeting: November 12th. 6-7:30 pm.
Upcoming Meeting Dates: 2nd Thursdays of Jan, March + May.

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  • Join the Emerson PTA for $5 at the next meeting or click the button below to join online.
  • Dues must be renewed each year. Please click the "Join the PTA" button below to renew now if you have not done so already!
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